How to Grow English Ivy in Southeast Michigan


The look of English ivy climbing up a brick wall evokes a cozy country feeling, and this plant is so easy to grow that you will have a wall covered in just a few short years. While English ivy is so prolific that it's considered almost a weed in the warmer parts of the country, southeast Michigan in zone 6 has enough of a cold winter to keep the plants from spreading uncontrollably. Plant your ivy in well drained soil and you'll have an old-time look to your home in two or three years.

Step 1

Dig your English ivy plot in well-drained soil that gets at least six hours of sun a day. Ivy will grow in shadier corners, but sunnier spots help the plants grow quicker.

Step 2

Dig the soil down 1 foot and remove any rocks or large roots that you find. English ivy is a perennial, so the soil must be in good shape for use year after year. Mix in a 4-inch layer of compost with the soil.

Step 3

Plant your rooted ivy cuttings about 1 foot apart. Put the plants about 1 inch below the surface deeper than they were in the original pot. The stem will put out additional roots under the soil, strengthening the plant.

Step 4

Water your ivy regularly, but do not allow the roots to remain soaked for any length of time.

Things You'll Need

  • Shovel
  • Compost
  • Sprouted ivy leaves


  • Beginner-Gardening: English Ivy
  • University of Florida: English Ivies to Know and Grow

Who Can Help

  • Arbor hardiness zone map
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About this Author

Anne Baley is a writer and photographer living in Southeast Michigan. She has written dozens of articles about places she has discovered while traveling throughout the United States. Baley's work has appeared in a variety of online outlets, including EndlessSunday, GardenGuides and Travels.